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UFC star Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino gets potential Anti-Doping Policy violation

A statement from the organisation confirmed the news earlier this evening.

Cristiane Justino, known as
Cristiane Justino, known as "Cris Cyborg," poses during the weigh-in for her UFC Fight Night in Brasilia, Brazil.
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UFC STAR CRISTIANE “CYBORG’ Justino has been hit with a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation by the US Anti-Doping Agency, it was today confirmed.

A statement from the organisation reads: “The UFC organization was formally notified today that the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on December 5, 2016.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.

“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

The 31-year-old Brazil-born mixed martial artist, who signed with the UFC in March 2015, is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion.

After losing on her professional debut in 2005, Justino has earned 17 consecutive victories since.

She made her UFC debut earlier this year, securing a first-round TKO over Leslie Smith at UFC 198 and subsequently beat Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95.

In December 2011, after Justino beat Hiroko Yamanaka by TKO, she was stripped of her Strikeforce featherweight title, after testing positive for stanozolol, a banned steroid.

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